Thursday, June 28, 2018

Treasure Chest Sketch

I think I am finally back! (How I have missed you all!)

This photo includes copies of two sketches I have used to add treasure chests to some of my under-the-sea (UTS) embroidery projects.

I have scanned the page, saved it in a PDF format, and made it available as a shared document through Google Drive. This link should allow you to access and print the PDF file. 

I usually color fabric with crayons and add embroidery and small beads to create treasure chests, as seen on this under-the-sea 'snowball' created for Barbara Nicki Lee in 2014. (The original blog post is here.)

Click any photo for a larger view.

In January 2015, I used the short and long stitch (needle painting) with single strands of embroidery floss to create this treasure chest on a block for Barbara Nicki Lee. Stem stitches were used to outline the chest. This method took over 12-hours, but it was fun! (The original post is here.)

That same month, I traced this treasure chest onto white denim with a black Micron pen. I colored the fabric and added beads to complete the chest. Additional embroidery stitches and embellishments were used to finish the scene. (The purse this is featured on may be seen here.)

In January of 2016, I colored a treasure chest on white fabric. I colored the surrounding fabric blue. Then, I cut the treasure chest out, leaving 1/4-inch seam allowance on all sides. I carefully ironed the 1/4-inch seam allowance behind the treasure chest. Then, I adhered the piece to a round robin block for Mary Beard with a slip stitch. Once it was in place, I stem stitched the outline and added beads for gems and jewelry. Additional stitches and embellishments were added to help the chest blend in with Mary's block. (The original blog post is here.)

In August of 2015, I created this crazy quilt block, featuring a treasure chest colored onto a section of the fabric, for an under-the-sea round robin. (You may see that blog post here.)

And this is how it returned in 2016. Sandy Black embellished it for me, and I love the way she dressed it up! (The blog post shared when my blocks returned home may be found here. The wall quilt I created with this block was shared here.)

In July, I will create a project featuring a treasure chest and I will be sure to share step-by-step details of how it is created.

If you decide to create an embroidered piece featuring one of these treasure chest sketches, please let me know! I would love to see what you create and would happily share a photo of your work.

Thank you for stopping by!


Christine B said...

Glad to have your back Renee! I hope you had a lovely time. Enjoyed reading your ideas and tips for treasure chests! Have a wonderful weekend! Christine x

Susan said...

Welcome back! I loved seeing all your treasure chests in one post. This is one place I might try the coloring mixed with embroidery. Each one is unique and lovely!

Queeniepatch said...

I often use crayons to colour my fabric. It saves time and thread, but stitches will always add structure or character. Your needlepainted chest has a very 'woody' look.
Enjoy your next chest, too.

Katie said...

Oh I love treasure chests. Looks great!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

So generous of you to share your drawing - and also show us all the different ways you have used it in your work. Makes me want to start another undersea block!!

crazyQstitcher said...

It's a pleasure to see again, the set of Under the Sea blocks.
Thank you for sharing the chests.
It will be good to see your next project.

FlashinScissors said...

Hi Renee,
I’m playing catch-up. Don’t know how I missed your posts! It’s lovely to see you back again.
It’s really very generous of you to share how you’ve stitched your treasure chests, and thank you for the PDF.
I always enjoy reading your posts with details of how you have stitched your gorgeous pictures.
You give me lots of ideas, it’s just finding time to put some into practice!
Barbara xx